Q&A with Jimmy from Unity Brewing Company

We've recently started stocking Southampton-based Unity Brewing Co, so to introduce you to this new brewery, we've asked the founder and head brewer Jimmy a few questions...

How did you become a brewer? 

I used to work in wine sales and retail, but always had a big interest in beer after my Dad introduced me to Belgian beer from producers like De Dolle, Struise and De Ranke, and big American IPA's like Pliny the Elder and Great Divide Hercules. I was discovering you could get all the complexity and flavour experiences of really expensive wine but without the bullshit and for a hell of a lot less money. This got me into homebrewing and I finally made the jump, getting a job as the sales and marketing manager at a brewery in London. I was pretty hands on there and and learned a lot from the brewers, finding that I got a lot more out of making it than selling it. By then I was so far down the rabbit whole that I knew I wouldn't do anything else. 6 years later and having worked at 5 other breweries, here I am running my own. 

Jimmy with Betty, "the brains of the operation"

Jimmy with Betty, "the brains of the operation"

What was the first beer you brewed and what was it like?

The first beer I ever homebrewed was a Belgian Blonde and it came out surprisingly good! Unfortunately not all my homebrews came out quite as well. The first commercial beer I ever brewed was a Rye Saison that the brewery I was doing sales for let me brew for my wedding. It came out much stronger that we expected (not accounting for Saison yeasts classic high attenuation) so our guests were pretty boozed but it tasted awesome. A theme of what I like to brew definitely developed pretty early on. 

What excites you about making beer?

Taking a jumble of raw ingredients and turning them into something so much greater than their individual parts is magic. The subtleties of how every little thing in the process affects the final outcome is fascinating and getting to see people enjoy something you put a huge amount of love and effort into never gets old either. 

Are there any collaborations you'd like to do or have in the works?

We're brewing with Vibrant Forest next Monday. They are good friends of ours and we've been talking about it for ages, so we're brewing a Coffee Blonde. We're also really excited to be a part of Collabageddon this year, set up by Elusive Brewing. It is 7 breweries brewing 8 beers, launched in 16 bars through the UK. We're matched up with Odyssey and Affinity, so look out for collabs with them late this year. 

Unity Beers

What is your favourite Unity beer?

That's like asking a parent who their favourite child is. So er, yes there is always a favourite! For me it has to be Congregate, our Belgian pale. It shows off all the ingredients really nicely, it's not big and really expressive, it's just light, clean and hoppy in a bitter, noble herbal and lemony way. I could drink it all day. The bottled versions of our seasonal saisons are really satisfying as well, I've got a real love for Brettanomyces and it develops really nicely when bottle conditioning with it. 

What is your favourite non-Unity beer?

It's probably going to be Orval (at a year old to be precise, when the brett has really taken hold but the hops haven't totally dropped out yet), though I could drink Taras Boulba from Brasserie De La Senne all day every day. 

What would you be doing if you weren’t a brewer?

I started a record label when I was in my early 20's and used to play in a lot of bands, maybe I'd be doing something in the music industry. Either that or running a craft beer shop which was actually the dream before I became a brewer.

Thanks to Jimmy for taking the time to answer these questions. We've really been enjoying the beers, so come down and try some yourselves! We currently have Quorum (brune), Coalescence (saison), Conflux (pale) and Congregate (Jimmy's fave!) in stock.

New Beer 6th June 2017

We haven't given an updated list for a while - so here are a few of the latest beers we have.


Beavertown Humuloid
Beavertown Lervig M.A.D. Double IPA

BrewDog Pump Action Poet

Buxton King Slayer DIPA

Cloudwater Hallertau Blanc IPA
Cloudwater DIPL
Cloudwater Session IPA Simcoe Mosaic
Cloudwater Mittelfruh Tettenger Helles

DEYA Steading Rolling Man

HORAL Megablend 2017

Lervig Supersonic DIPA
Lervig Hop Locker DDH Simcoe IPA

North Brewing Utijle Double IPA

Northern Monk Other Half Cherry & Coffee Imperial Porter
Northern Monk Fieldworks Travel Notes IPA
Northern Monk Verdant DEYA Hazemaker IPA
Northern Monk Alefarm Saesoner

Omnipollo Hypnopompa
Omnipollo Hypnopompa Rum Barrel Aged

Redchurch House Brett
Redchurch Sylvan
Redchurch Pasture

Tiny Rebel Captain Insano Triple IPA

Verdant Brewing Fifty Summers
Verdant Brewing Bloom IPA

Wild Beer Co Squashed Grape

Wylam Disco Barrel Aged Haxan
Wylam Disco Barrel Aged Club of Slaughter
Wylam Disco Barrel Aged ESB
Wylam Disco Barrel Aged Calyx

GIN - Northern Monk Infirmarian Black Hop Gin

New Beer (Thursday 24th Febrewary)

We've had quite a few deliveries in the last two weeks, loads of new stuff from Verdant, Cloudwater and Belguim!

Beavertown Double Chin (DIPA, double Neck Oil)
Beavertown Heavy Water (Imperial Stout, with sour cherries and salt)
Beavertown Tempus Project El Mariachi (Gose, aged in Tequila barrels with Lime)
Beavertown Tempus Project Moonshiner (Berliner Weisse, aged in Bourbon barrels with Lemon)

Brew By Numbers 05|20 IPA Azacca & Amarillo
Brew By Numbers 08|06 Stout Oatmeal
Brew By Numbers 11|22 Session IPA Waimea & Wai-iti
Brew By Numbers 17|06 Table Saison Sorachi & Lemon
Brew By Numbers 21|07 Pale Ale NZ Cascade
Brew By Numbers 21|08 Pale Ale Ekuanot & Wai-iti
Brew By Numbers 55|04 Double IPA Citra & Ekuanot

Buxton/Stillwater Subluminal (Imperial Stout)
Buxton/Stillwater Superluminal (Sour IPA)
Buxton/To Ol Sky Mountain Sour

Boon Vat 109 (Monoblend of Geuzue)

Cantillon Grand Cru Bruscella (very limited) (one per person)
Cantillon Kriek (one per person)

Cloudwater IPA Vic Secret & Wai-iti (440ml can)
Cloudwater IPL El Dorado & Mosaic (440ml can)
Cloudwater Pale Ale (440ml can)
Cloudwater V12 DIPA (440ml can) (now sold out)

Chorlton Amarillo Sour
Cholrton Mandarina Lager
Chorlton & Vocation Sour & Death

De Ranke XX Bitter
De Ranke Kriek De Ranke

Duvel Houblon Chouffe

Guineu Esgarrapats (hoppy IPA)
Guineu Vitis Picapoll (pale ale with white grape must)

Hanssens Framboise
Hanssens Oude Geuzue

Lervig Tasty Juice

La Pirata Lab 004 (IPA with lychees)

Magic Rock Fantasma

Marble Damage Plan

Northern Monk Bombay Dazzler
Northern Monk Patron Project 4.01 Passion Fruit Lassi IPA
Northern Monk Southern Star

Redchurch Pillars of Salt
Redchurch Dry Hop Sour Citra
Redchurch Great Eastern IPA
Redchurch Paradise Pale

Tiny Rebel Cali (cans)
Tiny Rebel Clwb Tropicana (cans)
Tiny Rebel Cwtch (cans)

Tilquin Geuzue A L'Ancienne Au Carre (750ml)

Thornbridge Bear State

Verdant/Deya High Plane Drifter DIPA (very limited, only one can per person)
Verdant/Howling Hops 8 Mansions DIPA
Verdant I Played Trumpet On That Tune IPA
Verdant Maybe, 1 More PSI DIPA
Verdant Headband
Verdant Bloom

Wylam/Yeastie Boys WXY²

#beeradvent Day 23 Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin

Bourbon Barrel-aged Oatmeal Stout, 8.5%

it may have a silly name but this is not a silly beer. 

Velvet Merkin is aged for a full year in retired spirits barrels from Heaven Hill, Woodford Reserve and others, yet manages to offer mind-­boggling balance and restraint. You will wig out when you taste Velvet Merkin’s rich milk chocolate, bourbon and espresso flavours, preceded by aromas of vanilla, coconut, toasted oak and mocha.  This is one to savour over on Christmas Day!

We are offering 10% off our #beeradvent beers bought on the day

#beeradvent Day 22 Modern Times Fortunate Islands with Grapefruit Zest

Hoppy Wheat IPA with Grapefruit Zest, 5%

Cans of Modern Times Fortunate Islands have been really popular this year, so we've got some 650ml bottles of their grapefruit special available. The hoppy, tropical aroma & flavour of Fortunate Islands is the perfect canvas for grapefruit zest, which they make by hand-peeling a load of grapefruits and adding only the oily skin to the beer. It’s insanely labor intensive, but the poppin’ fresh grapefruit character can’t be beat.


We are offering 10% off our #beeradvent beers bought on the day

Last New Beer List of 2016 (Probably)

This week has mainly been reups of lots of Beavertown, Camden and Hammerton. However some tasty new beers have snuck in!

We've got a quartet of tasty from Brew By Numbers including their latest Pale Ale, Session IPA and Coffee Porter. However the stand out are these 750ml bottles of 18|04 Farmhouse Gose. This is just a taster of the Mixed Fermentation treats we are going to get from these guys next year. 

It may be Christmas but you guys still want your Hop Bombs. We've got the likes of Alpine Duet IPA, Arbor Super Yakima DIPA and DEYA Steady Rolling Man APA in this week. However most people are still chasing the Cloudwater V10 we've got and their latest IPA Mosaic Exp 431. 

Coming tomorrow (Friday) we've got tasty treats from Left Hand including new cans of their Milk Stout. We've also got some more of Magic Rock & Cigar City's Wayniac arriving! 

New Beer!
Alpine Duet
Arbor Super Yakima
Beavertown Applelation
Brew By Numbers 10|07 Coffee Porter Bildimoo
Brew By Numbers 11|21 Session IPA Mosaic & Wai-iti
Brew By Numbers 18|04 Farmhouse Gose 750ml
Brew By Numbers 21|06 Pale Ale Citra & Enigma
Cloudwater DIPA V10
Cloudwater IPA Mosaic Exp 431
Deya Steady Rolling Man (APA) 
Left Hand Milk Stout Cans (coming Friday)
Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro (coming Friday)
Lost and Grounded Keller Pils
Magic Rock/Cigar City Wayniac (coming Friday)
Moinette Avec Les Bon Voeux
Siren Vermont Tea Party
Wiper & True Super Yakima

#beeradvent Day 21 Lindemans/Mikkeller Spontanbasil

Gueuze with Basil, 6%

Lindemans Brewery has been brewing spontaneously fermented lambic beers since the 19th century. Mikkeller has been a gypsy brewery since 2006 but has had a monumental impact on the world craft beer scene. 

This collaboration is a blend of lambic and fresh basil, It's savoury yet tart and bursting with aromatic basil, along with funky, sharp lemon notes and a dry refreshing finish.

If you've ever wanted to drink a slightly sour Pesto then SpontanBasil is perfect for you!

We are offering 10% off our #beeradvent beers bought on the day

#beeradvent Day 20 Sam Adams Stony Brook Red

American Wild Ale 9%

The Sam Adams Barrel Room Collection is their series of five beers that they aged in Eastern European oak barrels that were originally used for Italian Brandy. All five beers use their own blend of yeasts that they call Kosmik Mother Funk.  The Stony Brook is Sam Adams' take on a Flemish Red, a sour ale brewed in Belgium. This beer contains the dark fruit and tartness that comes with the style, but the oak aging leaves it with a lovely dry finish. Great to drink now, or can age further in the bottle.

We are offering 10% off our #beeradvent beers bought on the day

#beeradvent Day 19: Thornbridge Cocoa Wonderland

Chocolate Porter, 6.8%

This beer was originally brewed in collaboration with Sheffield based chocolate shop/cafe Cocoa Wonderland. It's a full bodied, robust porter with natural mocha malt flavours from the complex malt grist, complementing the additions of real chocolate to the maturation process. This leads to a delightful balance between sweet milk chocolate and roasted coffee bitterness.

This beer also won a Gold Medal at the World Beer Awards 2016 in the category of "United Kingdom - Flavoured Stout / Porter" so it must be good right?


We are offering 10% off our #beeradvent beers bought on the day

#beeradvent Day 18: Weird Beard Sadako Stout

Imperial Stout, 9.5%

Sadako Stout is brewed with ten different malts, honey, molasses, oats and fresh coffee. Originally they released the beer after four months, but found that it kept improving with age. The batch we have was bottled in August 2015, having spent 6 months in the brewery. The result is a dark, rich, chocolatey and coffee-y. Would work very well with a dessert or as a dessert.

We are offering 10% off our #beeradvent beers bought on the day

#beeradvent Day 17: To Øl Fuck Art Winter is Coming

Spiced Tripel, 8%

"This beer will walk all over your tastebuds"
Bold claim there from To Øl, there, but they might have a point. Ignoring the double excitement of the name containing a swear word and a reference to Game of Thrones, the beer is rather special itself. Taking the base of a classic Belgian Tripel - sweet, malty and estery - and add cardamom, coriander and orange peel. All this is topped off with a nice boozy warmth. Lovely.

We are offering 10% off our #beeradvent beers bought on the day

#beeradvent Day 16: Brooklyn Improved Old Fashioned

Barrel-aged rye ale with botanicals & bitters, 12.8%

An Old Fashioned is a cocktail made from whiskey, sugar, and bitters (stirred, not shaken), and usually with a bit of citrus peel. Brooklyn Brewery have improved the Old Fashioned by making it into a beer!

This is a strong rye beer, imbued with various spices and peels including bitter orange peel, lemon peel, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, bitter gentian root and cloves. This was then all aged in WhistlePig Rye Whiskey oak barrels.

What we get is silky spice of rye, a firm herbal bitterness, some bright citrus and then warmth from the oak. At 12.8% and in 750ml bottles, this is a wonderful beer to share with friends and family over the Christmas period. 

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Gluten Free Beer

Plenty of people always ask us about Gluten Free Beers, heres a list of our current list of beers available.

Black Isle Goldfinch
Black Isle are an Organic brewery based just north of Inverness. Bursting with citrusy zing, this is a light, refreshingly hopped session IPA. The big hit of New World hops on the nose is balanced by a solid malt backbone, a great feat when this beer is only 3.5% abv. 

Widmer Brother Omission Lager
Omission Lager is a refreshing and crisp beer, brewed in the traditional lager style. It has an aromatic hop profile which offers a unique, easy-drinking gluten-free beer for those looking for a lighter and approachable beer style.

Gluten Free Beer

Mikkeller Peter, Pale and Mary GF
American-style gluten free India Pale Ale, same great taste as the regular Peter, Pale and Mary. Brewed at the D'Proef brewery in Belgium.

Brewdog Vagabond
This is a great hop-forward pale ale, that just so happens to be gluten free. It melds citrus and tropical hop flavours, thanks to Amarillo & Centennial, with a light caramel malt base, backed up with a raucously resinous bitterness.

Westerham Bohemian Rhapsody
Straw yellow lager (that means lagered or matured for 4 weeks) hopped with Czech grown Saaz or Zatec noble hops with a distinctive hop aroma and bitterness usually found in Bohemian pilsners. Brewed with English lager malt and fermented with a lager yeast and then cold conditioned for 4 weeks. Pilsners are traditionally quite bitter and this version is no different.

Westerham Brewery
In fact, we stock a few more of Westerham's Gluten Free range including their British Bulldog Bitter and traditional Audit Ale. Westerham use a proprietary method to reduce the gluten content of the beer to less than the WHO’s Codex Alimentarius determined level of 20ppm or less of gluten. Read more about the process on their website.

New Beers 16th December

Four new beers from Burning Sky this week. Their latest season saison is L'Hiver, which is brewed with Hawthorn berries and leaves. We also have three new 750ml bottles: a 2016 edition of their Cuvee, a Reserve of Saison Provision, and finally their first ever Imperial Stout.

Buxton have rebrewed Wyoming Sheep Ranch, this is an 9% big, bold, double IPA. It’s fresh, piney, big-bodied and with a US bitterness that’ll slap you in the chops

New kids on the block Verdant keep doing amazing stuff with their DIPA Pulp and North East IPA Even Sharks Need Water. Can't wait to see more of their beers in 2017!

And from San Diego we have bombers of Modern Times's Fortunate Island with Grapefruit. 

Mikkeller have done another range of Single Hop IPAs, this time canned! We have a Session, Standard and Imperial IPA brewed with either Citra or Mosaic. These are both delicious and also a great introduction to the type of hops and the corresponding strengths of the beers.

We've got two collabs from Elusive: with Wild Weather they have brewed Herman Toothrot, a Rum & Raisin American Strong Ale. And with Affinity (a new brewery in Tottenham) they have brewed Brimful of Masha.

The List

Burning Sky Cuveé 2016
Burning Sky Imperial Stout
Burning Sky Saison L'Hiver
Burning Sky Saison Provision Reserve
Buxton Wyoming Sheep Ranch
Elusive & Affinity Brimful of Masha
Elusive & Wild Weather Herman Toothrot
Hawkshead & Cigar City Tiramisu
Kernel Export Stout Raspberry
Marble Beers Earl Grey IPA Cans
Mikkeller Single Hop Citra Session IPA
Mikkeller Single Hop Citra IPA
Mikkeller Single Hop Citra Imperial IPA
Mikkeller Single Hop Mosaic Session IPA
Mikkeller Single Hop Mosaic IPA
Mikkeller Single Hop Mosaic Imperial IPA
Modern Times Fortunate Islands with Grapefruit Zest
Mondo Dennis Hopp'r IPA
Verdant Even Sharks Need Water
Verdant Pulp

#beeradvent Day 15: Brew By Numbers 08|03 Chocolate & Orange

Chocolate & Orange Stout, 6.6%

This seasonal stout from Brew By Numbers is always a crowd pleaser. It uses cacao nibs and Seville orange zest to accentuate its smooth silky body and is of course reminiscent of a Terry's Chocolate Orange. However it's not Terry's, it could be yours... 


We are offering 10% off our #beeradvent beers bought on the day

#beeradvent Day 14: Northern Monk Festive Star

Spiced Porter, 5.9%

For their Christmas beer, Northern Monk have taken their coffee porter, Northern Star, and warmed it up with a mix of winter spices. The original is a porter brewed with beans from Leeds coffee roasters, North Star, and rounded off with a little sweetness from milk sugar. This seasonal version keeps all the coffee, hazelnut and chocolate flavours and adds a good dash of cinnamon and nutmeg for festive cheer!

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We are offering 10% off our #beeradvent beers bought on the day

#beeradvent Day 13: Green Flash Cosmic Ristretto

Baltic Porter with Espresso, 8.2%

This beer was originally brewed on Green Flash's Genius Bar kit and proved to be so popular it's now a year round regular beer for them. Ristretto is traditionally a short shot of espresso coffee made with the normal amount of ground coffee but extracted with about half the amount of water, this concentrated flavour is what the beer delivers on!

There is some big coffee flavour in this beer, from the aroma when you open the bottle to when the liquid hits your tongue. It's also smooth with a bit of lactose added to help with the coffee bitterness. We think this is a great winter warmer and a perfect alternative to a coffee after a heavy meal!


We are offering 10% off our #beeradvent beers bought on the day

#beeradvent Day 10: Burning Sky Monolith

Sour Black Ale, 7.4%

I am a massive fan of beers aged on wine barrels, and Monolith from Burning Sky is no exception. This is a hearty black ale, that has been aged for a year in red wine foudres with funk agents brettanomyces and lactobacillus. The result is a bittersweet adventure of chocolate, coffee, oak, sour berries and leather.


We are offering 10% off our #beeradvent beers bought on the day

#beeradvent Day 9: Mondo Coco Loco

Smoked Coconut Porter, 6%

This was really popular on keg last year, including our own growler station, so it's great to see this re-brewed this year and now available in 330ml bottles.

It's a luscious Smoked Porter brewed with pan fried coconut. The toasted coconut and malt aromas are reminiscent of a macaroon cookie, but the mouthfeel is a rich, balanced smoke flavour with hints of coffee and chocolate.


 We are offering 10% off our #beeradvent beers bought on the day

#beeradvent Day 8: Thornbridge Huck

Double IPA, 7.4%

What the Huck? This is a Double IPA brewed with Mosaic, Simcoe and Amarillo hops.

Designed to complement each other to create a delicious flavour of citrus fruit with a hint of huckleberries (hence the name). It's a light tropical finish but also slightly savoury. This is also one of Thornbridge's new 330ml bottles, less daunting than 500ml of 7.4% beer.

Fun fact - Huckleberries are the official state fruit of Idaho.


We are offering 10% off our #beeradvent beers bought on the day